Labour Court hearings in other courts 

July 1st, 2016

Compiled by Ricardo Wyngaard

Members of the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) Labour Law Committee met with Deputy Judge President Lazarus Tlaletsi of the Labour Appeal Court on 6 April. The Deputy Judge President thanked the LSSA for its earlier successful collaboration with the Labour Courts when eligible attorneys were appointed to act as judges on a pro bono basis to help clear the backlogs in the Labour Courts. The LSSA was also informed that the Labour Court will, in future, conduct hearings in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Labour Court will have a court room available at each of the High Court seats in those provinces with the headquarters of the Labour Court still in Johannesburg. The intention is to increase access to the Labour Court, which may conduct hearings in other jurisdictions. This may happen in situations where, for example, there is only one matter, but many parties or witnesses. Labour attorneys should approach the Registrar of the Labour Court to make the necessary arrangements.

The LSSA undertook to advise legal practitioners of this development via De Rebus.

Compiled by Ricardo Wyngaard, Senior Legal Officer, Professional Affairs, Law Society of South Africa,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2016 (July) DR 18.